Brexit: PM urged to speed up no-deal Brexit plans

Marco Green
June 24, 2018

Thousands of people marched through the streets of London demanding the British government hold a final public vote on the terms of Brexit.

"I was in deep tears when the referendum happened, it looked like the future was pretty bad", said Chiara Liduori, a 40-year-old Italian living in London.

The march will finish outside Westminster, where speeches will be made by Tory rebel Anna Soubry, along side Labour MP David Lammy and Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable.

Airbus Commercial Aircraft chief operating officer Tom Williams said any Brexit scenario had "severe negative consequences" for the United Kingdom aerospace industry, Airbus in particular.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said any warning from any major company was taken seriously, but stressed that "we genuinely expect to have a sensible partnership" with the European Union that was mutually beneficial. "I think we're technically what's called "border workers".

Freelance journalist William Diaz, 52, said Brexit was "creating tensions" and a "much more polarised society".

As yet there is no certainty about what the final deal could look like amid infighting in Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government as well as among some of its opponents about what they want from Britain's new trading ties with the European Union after it leaves in March next year.

In an editorial in the Sun tabloid this weekend, Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson warned May that those who voted for Brexit "don't want some bog-roll Brexit - soft, yielding and seemingly infinitely long" he said, deploying British slang for toilet paper.

The UK is yet to define exactly what it wants in its future relationship with the EU.

Anti-Brexit demonstrators at Parliament Square.

On senior cabinet members warning the United Kingdom was prepared to walk away from talks with Brussels, he said: "This is megalomania".

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told the BBC the European Union needs to understand that Britain is willing to walk away from the Brexit talks without agreement if necessary, because "no deal would be better than a bad deal".

"I think our negotiating partners would not be wise if they believed that the Prime Minister was bluffing", he said.

Speaking on BBC radio, Jurgen Maier, head of German manufacturer Siemens in Britain, said slogans such as "full British Brexit" - used by Johnson - were "incredibly unhelpful".

He also accused the Russian government of "contaminating" the vote, adding Brexit "creates a more chaotic world that's what they want and they put their money behind it and it's done a lot of damage".

"Two years ago the people of this country recorded a verdict about themselves - that they had the guts to believe in Britain".

On Friday, plane-maker Airbus - which employs 14,000 people in Britain - said it could leave the United Kingdom if it exits the single market and customs union with no transition deal.

"People have seen politicians making a cataclysmic mess of a really bad deal they didn't vote for, or even a no deal they didn't vote for", said a spokesman for the campaign.

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